Friday Morning Bookclub

November 6, 2014

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop….And The Winner Is…….

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Topazshell!

Thanks to all who entered to win a copy of Barbara Kingsolver’s book, Flight Behavior.I can’t wait to check out all of your book recommendations.

A tremendous thank you goes to  Leeswammes for hosting the literary blog hop. I hope everyone had a good time visiting the participating blogs. I know that I did!

Please stop by again!

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October 31, 2014

Welcome To The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop!

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Blog Hop

This Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is hosted by Leeswammes. Between now and November 5th, you can hop to over 30 different book blogs, all offering one or more giveaways of books or bookish items.

The Friday Morning Bookclub is giving away a copy of:

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

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If you are a Barbara Kingsolver fan, Flight Behavior is a must read  Just leave a comment with a book recommendation and you will be entered to win! The winner will be notified by email on Thursday November 6

So many great blogs to visit and so many great giveaways! Have fun and start hopping!

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Read Her Like an Open Book (US/CA)
  3. My Book Self (N. Am.)
  4. The Book Stop
  5. My Book Retreat (US)
  6. Books in the Burbs (US)
  7. Guiltless Reading
  8. Word by Word
  9. Juliet Greenwood
  10. BooksandLiliane
  11. Words for Worms (US)
  12. The Relentless Reader
  13. The Misfortune of Knowing
  14. The Friday Morning Bookclub (US)
  15. Readerbuzz
  16. Lavender Likes, Loves, Finds and Dreams
  17. The Emerald City Book Review
  18. Wensend
  1. Laurie Here
  2. A Cup Of Tea, A Friend, And A Book (US)
  3. Moon Shine Art Spot (US)
  4. I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach (US)
  5. Lost Generation Reader
  6. Books Speak Volumes
  7. Mom’s Small Victories (US)
  8. Books on the Table (US)
  9. Orange Pekoe Reviews
  10. Lavender Likes, Loves, Finds and Dreams
  11. Words And Peace (US)
  12. Booklover Book Reviews
  13. Inside the Secret World of Allison Bruning (US)

October 25, 2014

Olive Kitteridge ………….A Miniseries!

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I  am always intrigued when a book I have read is made into a movie. How closely will it follow the story line in the book? In the case of Olive Kitteridge I wonder how they will make an engaging movie out of what is essentially a group of short stories.I rarely read short stories and remember while reading Olive Kitteridge that some of the stories left me wanting more. Perhaps that is a good thing!

Olive Kitteridge was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2009. The Friday Morning Bookclub read Olive Kitteridge in 2010 and gave it 3.25 omelets.

Here is a short review of the book, written by Carol:

The book is a collection of 13 vignettes of the lives of the residents of a small town in Maine. The residents weave in and out of each others’ lives to different degrees, but the one presence they all have in common is Olive Kitteridge, a lifelong resident of the town who is a schoolteacher, mother and wife. In these vignettes we see the different emotional challenges each of the characters must contend with and how they struggle to get the love they want. Olive’s life is the most detailed and the readers see how, over time, her different relationships either unravel or transform. The club was mixed in its’ feelings for the book; some of us really enjoyed examining these different characters and their intimate conflicts but some of us felt that the vignettes were too short and disconnected to be interesting. There was also different opinions about Olive and how responsible she was for pain she caused in the lives of her husband and son. There was a comment made that this book could be best appreciated by readers who are at least middle-aged, people who have reached a time in their lives when they know that sometimes different relationships require compromise or resignation. What I found intriguing about these stories were the differing strength of bonds between the various characters and their families and by examining these bonds I could ponder whose outcomes would be better than others’.

Sound interesting? Check out the trailer!  Part one of the HBO miniseries airs November 2nd at 9pm ET

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October 17, 2014

This Month’s Book: The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With The Herd In The African Wild By Lawrence Anthony

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Learning about life, loyalty and freedom from a remarkable herd of elephants. The cover of the book says it all. Please join us in reading this inspiring story .

The Elephant WhispererGoodreads

October 11, 2014

Rate The Book: The House We Grew Up In By Lisa Jewell

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Help us rate our books. All votes and comments are appreciated!

October 8, 2014

The House We Grew Up In…………In Three Words

the house - CopyTo say that this month’s book The House We Grew Up In is about One Dysfunctional Family is an understatement.

Here is what some of our readers have to say:

Disturbing, Heartbreaking,Captivating

Gripping, disturbing saga

Real page turner

Everyone has problems…

Family is family

Throw away stuff!

Filling the void

How would you describe The House We grew Up In….In Just Three Words?

October 5, 2014

My Taffy Loves Climbing Into My Bed With A Good Book!

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20140930_131831I guess she learned that from me!

If you have a 4-legged reader in your house, please email a pic to Susan@Fridaymorningbookclub.com

October 2, 2014

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives The Paris Architect 4.21 Omelets

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Amazon readers gave The Paris Architect 4.5 Omelets

Goodreads readers gave The Paris Architect 3.99 Omelets

Everyone agrees. This book is a good read. Yes, it is disturbing as would be expected for a story that takes place in 1942 Berlin. It is also thought provoking and informative, touching, exciting and suspenseful. A must read.

The Paris Architect – Goodreads

September 28, 2014

Summer Island By Kristin Hannah……….Entertaining and Though Provoking!

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Summer Island

Nora Bridge was famous. She had her own talk show and advice column. On the outside she had it all together, but nothing could be further from the truth. Years earlier, Nora had walked away from her husband and daughters Ruby and Caroline.Nora’s relationship with Carolyn was strained and her relationship with her youngest child Ruby was non-existent.

Ruby,a struggling comedienne wanted nothing to do with her mother.That is, until the Nora Bridge scandal broke out and Ruby was offered the opportunity to cash in on it and tell all.  And then Nora was injured in an accident, and needed someone to help care for her. Ruby was the obvious choice as she had no husband, job or children to hold her back. For once things seemed to be falling into place for her. Finally Ruby could get back at the mother who had abandoned her years before and make money in the process.

But things are never as they seem and the more time Ruby spent with her mother at the family home on Summer Island, the more she realized how little she actually knew about her mother and the events leading up to her leaving their family. Together Nora, Ruby and finally Caroline revisit the demons of their past.

Summer Island was a thoughtful account of one families struggle to deal with the past and create a healthy future.Once more Kristin Hannah has written a touching story and one with a wonderful message about love, family and forgiveness.

We all make mistakes and although it may not be possible to change the past, take back the ugly words we spouted at someone we love or unring a bell, it is possible to make amends and move on. But first we have to learn to not only forgive others, but forgive ourselves. Sometimes a book just gets to you. Summer Island sure got to me!

A four omelet audio book

Summer Island Quotes by Kristin Hannah – Goodreads

September 23, 2014

A Circle Of Wives By Alice LaPlante….Good Enough To Finish In One Day!

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circleEveryone has secrets, but Dr. John Taylor’s was a doozy. He had three wives in three different cities. What made it even crazier was that Deborah, wife number one knew all about it. Not only did she know about the other two wives, she orchestrated the whole show. Deborah was the one that kept her husband’s busy schedule straight, not an easy task.

Wife number two and wife number three found out about their bigamist husband in the worst way possible. They read his obituary in their local newspaper. Dr.John Taylor, a prominent plastic surgeon  was found dead in his hotel room from an apparent heart attack, or was it? Something did not add up and Detective Samantha Adams suspected foul play.

A Circle of Wives was a fast paced whodunnit mystery. A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon while the men folks were busy watching football. I read the book in one sitting, stopping only to eat and check on the Raven’s score from time to time. The book tackles issues such as commitment, honesty, infidelity, love and trust, but more than anything it was sheer entertainment.

How can I give it less than 4 Omelets when I had such an enjoyable, lazy day. Just me and my book!

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